Curriculum Leader: Mr P. Dring
The Computing department offers a broad, exciting and innovative curriculum designed to equip our students with the skills and knowledge necessary in all jobs as well as provide experience of Computing specific skills required to work in the industry.
The Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed to introduce students to a wide range of concepts and give them opportunities to experience the 3 main areas of Computing:
- Computing –programming techniques and concepts, computational and analytical thinking and how computers work.
- Creative communication and design – photo manipulation, video and sound editing.
- ICT – word processing, DTP, spreadsheets, databases, communication & how technology impacts on the world around us.
Throughout the key stage students will learn about problem solving, team work and communicating effectively.
Students choose between 2 pathways:
- Computer Science – a full GCSE, which has 2 written exams (each worth 40% of the overall grade) and a Controlled Assessment worth 20% of the overall grade. Computing focuses on understanding how technology works, problem solving and programming.
- Cambridge National in Creative iMedia – this is an opportunity for students to use industry standard creative software to produce a variety of creative multimedia projects. This topic requires students to be well motivated, creative and disciplined self-learners. As of 2013 a written exam forms part of the evaluation process along with several portfolio style projects to achieve this level 2 qualification equivalent to a single GCSE.
Students in Year 11 had the same choices but the legacy Computing Specification has 2 Controlled Assessments worth 60% of the final grade and a single exam worth 40% of the final grade.
Currently Y13 students can study an ‘Advanced Level in Computing’.
Assessment for this course is by two written exams worth 40% of the overall qualification each. The remaining 20% of the course grade is based on programing coursework. It is expected that students have strong Maths skills and a general interest in computing is recommended.
Computer suites are open throughout the school on most lunch times. A computing drop in session is offered for those studying computing at either GCSE or A Level. This is an opportunity for students to support each other, seek help or engage in group projects.